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Roanoke Personal Injury Law Blog

What is a defective product?

Defective products are a serious concern for victims harmed by them. Injuries caused by a defective product may give rise to liability to a number of parties. Parties that may be liable for harm caused by defective products can include the manufacturer of the parts of the product, the assembler of the product, the wholesaler and the retailer.

Products with inherent defects that cause harm to victims can be subject to a products liability claim for damages. Based on state laws, products liability claims for damages may be based on negligence, strict liability or breach of warranty of fitness. Products may be defective because of design defects, manufacturing defects and defects in marketing, such as improper instructions or a failure to warn users of potential dangers of the product.

Damages may be available to help brain injury victims

Traumatic brain injuries are tremendously disruptive to the lives of the victims. Victims of traumatic brain injuries can face deficits in every area of their lives, including physical, sensory, cognitive and emotional. Victims may suffer speech and other sensory impairments, challenges associated with movement, difficulty processing information, difficulties related to memory and mood and personality disruptions. Emotional outbursts may not be uncommon, and loves ones may feel that the personality of the victim has changed.

All of the challenges faced by victims of traumatic brain injuries can be overwhelming. It is important for victims and their families to have access to medical care, treatment and rehabilitation when necessary. Unfortunately, for TBI sufferers and their families, the medical care and treatment victims often require can be costly. Victims of TBIs require a significant amount of care, which can take a toll on victims and their families.

Roanoke truck accident kills one and injures another

Victims impacted by a truck accident have legal protections to consider when harmed. A truck accident in Roanoke recently claimed the life of a 16-year-old victim. The crash, which is under investigation, took place between a tractor trailer and a minivan. The victim who was killed was a passenger in the minivan. The driver of the minivan and the front-seat passenger both suffered injuries and were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. No charges had been filed immediately following the truck accident.

Truck accidents can take place in a second and alter the lives of victims and their families forever. Victims may face unexpected medical care and treatment costs and may be unable to work, creating additional financial and emotional strain on their lives. Victims may also face a long and slow recovery process and physical challenges that may include disability. Surviving family members of victims killed in truck accidents may also suffer financial and emotional damages.

What are the symptoms and impacts of brain injuries?

Each day in the United States, victims die from traumatic injuries, including brain injuries. Brain injuries are exceptionally serious injuries. Brain injuries occur from a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts normal brain activity. Brain injuries can occur from a variety of different types of accidents including car accidents, defective product-related injuries and falls, as well as in other situations. It is important to be able to spot the symptoms of a brain injury, but some individuals may wonder what those symptoms are.

Brain injuries can be open or closed, and the symptoms may be immediately evident or may develop over time. As a result, it is important for victims and family members to be aware of what to watch for. Symptoms of a brain injury can include loss of consciousness or confusion; dizziness or loss of vision; severe headache; numbness; excessive drowsiness; weakness in arms or legs; slurred speech and vomiting or nausea. There are also several methods doctors use to determine a brain injury.

Virginia truck accident claims the life of a woman

Truck accidents can be devastating for victims and their families. A truck accident in a nearby Virginia community north of the Roanoke area recently left one victim dead. According to authorities, the truck accident occurred when a tractor trailer attempted to make an improper turn from the right-hand lane to the crossover, possibly causing the passenger vehicle driven by the 56-year old victim to rear end the tractor trailer.

Both the Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team and the Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Unit were called to investigate the fatal truck accident. The 69-year old driver of the tractor trailer was charged by police with making an improper turn. Oftentimes, criminal citations or traffic charges can be used as evidence of negligence if a claim for damages is made either by the victim of an accident or the victim's family.

Types of damages that may be available for car accident victims

Car accidents can result in a variety of different types of damages for victims. Victims may suffer damages including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering damages and loss of companionship. These damages may be available in a variety of personal injury cases, including car accidents, and can result in punitive damages as well in some circumstances. For those who do not know, punitive damages are designed to punish the negligent party such as when a victim has been harmed by a defective product such as a defective vehicle.

Medical expenses and costs can be extensive. Victims may suffer damages including emergency care fees such as ambulance charges, hospital expenses, physical or cognitive therapy and care costs, consultations and medical accessories, as well as in-home care services. Victims may also suffer disfigurement and other permanent injuries.

Families deserve protection when a loved one is wrongfully killed

This blog recently discussed the remedies that may be available in a wrongful death lawsuit. A preventable death can be an overwhelming experience for families. In particular, losing a loved one in an unexpected accident due to the negligence of another party can change the lives of surviving loved ones forever. Legal options, including a wrongful death suit, are available to help families face the financial and emotional challenges they encounter following the traumatic loss of a loved one.

A negligent party, such as the negligent driver of a car, may be liable to compensate surviving family members for the damages they have suffered.on account of their tragic loss. Damages surviving family members may be able to recover include loss of income; loss of comfort and companionship; loss of society; funeral and medical expenses and damages for pain and suffering. Compensation for damages that may be available is uniquely dependent upon the circumstances of the situation and the characteristics of the victims.

What are wrongful death remedies?

The loss of a loved one can be financially and emotionally challenging. The unexpected death of a loved one in an accident, such as a car or truck accident, because of another party's negligence, can in particular make day-to-day life difficult. If you have tragically suffered the loss of a loved one in a car or truck accident because of a negligent driver or other negligent party, you may wonder what legal options and remedies might be available to you.

A wrongful death claim for damages following the loss of a loved one can provide much needed support for surviving family members. Depending on the circumstances, and characteristics of the victim, families may be able to recover compensation for a variety of damages suffered as a result of the tragic loss, including financial and emotional damages. Surviving family members may be able to recover medical and funeral expenses, lost prospect of inheritance, loss of support and services, pain and suffering and other types of damages through the wrongful death claim process.

Driver faces charges in fatal Virginia truck accident

This blog recently discussed the dangers of truck accidents and their serious impact on victims. A recent fatal truck accident in a Virginia community a couple of hours northeast of the Roanoke area is being investigated by authorities. The truck accident involved a semi truck and passenger vehicle. Investigators reported that a semi truck hauling sand crossed over the center line as it was traveling south and struck a passenger vehicle heading north. The force of the truck accident resulted in the tractor trailer overturning.

The 69-year old driver of the passenger vehicle, and his two passengers, including his 69-year old wife, died at the scene of the accident. The 51-year old driver of the semi truck was charged with reckless driving in the fatal truck accident, and authorities reported that additional charges are pending. In the case of criminal charges a truck driver may face related to a tragic truck accident, a "guilty" finding on those charges and citations may be viewed as evidence of negligence carrying civil liability for the driver or trucking company as well.

Coping with brain injuries

Many difficulties can arise from a brain injury, including behavior and emotional problems, that may be challenging for victims and family members to cope with. Depending on the severity of the injury and the location of the brain injury, victims may suffer a range of deficits and challenges as a result of a brain injury which can include physical, financial and emotional challenges.

It can be a struggle for victims and families to cope with the impact of a traumatic brain injury. It can be common for victims to experience changes in personality, a lack of impulse control, poor concentration and deficits in memory and judgment. These can be significant changes for victims, families and caregivers to adjust to as they learn what the victim can and cannot do following the brain injury and must then adapt to new forms of communication and relationships.

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